Judgement on Gypsy and Traveller race discrimination case against the UK’s largest pub chain, JD Wetherspoon plc …

Judgement on Gypsy and Traveller race discrimination case against the UK’s largest pub chain, JD Wetherspoon plc, due Monday 18th May, 10.30am, Court 55 Thomas Moore Building, Royal Courts of Justice the Strand

On Thursday 17 November 2011, after the annual conference of the Traveller Movement (formerly the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain), Irish Travellers, English Romani Gypsies, a solicitor, a priest and an Inspector of the police (amongst others) were refused entry to the JD Wetherspoon plc pub, ‘The Coronet’, on the Holloway Road in north London. After lengthy legal proceedings for damages and a judicial declaration that the victims were subjected to unlawful direct race discrimination by the staff and doormen at the pub, HHJ Hand QC, who sat throughout the proceedings along with a specialist race assessor, Ms Browne, will give judgment on whether the UK’s largest pub chain acted in an unlawfully racist manner towards those who sought entry to the pub.

Martin Howe, partner at Howe and Co Solicitors said:

“This is a ground breaking case brought under the Equality Act 2010 and a potential game-changer case for numerous Irish Travellers and Romani Gypsies who face incidents of one-off racism on an almost daily basis from service providers. Prejudice against these often maligned and excluded communities needs to end and this case is important in highlighting the unlawful negative stereotyping faced by Irish Travellers and Romani Gypsies”.

Solicitors from Howe & Co, Irish Travellers and English Romani Gypsies will be present at the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday 18 May 2015 to hear the judgment and will be available for a press conference and to give interviews before and after the Court delivers its ruling on the case.

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